After showcasing the first of its test tunnels back in 2018, Elon Musk’s tunnel company, AKA “Boring Company,” has finally opened a fully operational underground “Loop” running underground beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The people that will be attending conventions being held in the Center are now able to take a ride on the “Loop.” There are already plans to add stops from the Loop reaching out to downtown Las Vegas, passing through the Strip, and heading out towards both the Las Vegas airport and the stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders. Lori Nelson-Kraft, representing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, described it as a complete “gamechanger” for the area’s transportation needs around one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations.
Back in 2018, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, “officially opened the highly anticipated first Boring Company test tunnel under SpaceX headquarters in the Southern California city of Hawthorne, where The Boring Company is also located,” as stated by CNET at that time.
“Measuring 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) long and 14 feet (4.3 meters) wide, the test tunnel winds its way underneath Hawthorne and is estimated to have cost $10 million,” as stated by CNET. “This, Boring notes, is a fraction of the cost of traditional tunneling.”
The purpose for the existence of the tunnel was “as a research and development tunnel for Boring’s aspirations of improving tunneling capabilities and creating new modes of public transport.”
“The concept is surprisingly simple,” stated Claire Reilly from CNET. “Avoid gridlock by taking traffic underground. Simplify the transport experience by putting high-tech vehicles (read: Teslas) on a one-way loop and delivering on-demand rides. Dig tunnels where once there was dirt.”
As stated on The Boring Company’s website. “Loop is an all-electric, zero-emissions, high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported to their destination with no intermediate stops. Also known as ‘Teslas in Tunnels!’”
The website goes on to explain that “Loop is an express public transportation system that resembles an underground highway more than a subway system,” with an efficient system whereby “passengers travel directly to their destination” without having to make any stops along the way at other stations in a similar manner to subway systems.
“Loop passenger capacity is a function of the quantity of tunnels, quantity of stations, the size of stations, and the quantity of operating vehicles,” added on The Boring Company. “The LVCC Loop system is designed for 4,400 passengers per hour (with 3 large stations), while Vegas Loop is targeting 51,000 passengers per hour (with 43 medium-sized stations).”
if the efficiency and convenience were not good enough, The Boring Company also expressed the safety benefits provided by such an underground system. and that “When designed properly, tunnels are some of the safest places to be during an earthquake.”
“From a structural safety standpoint, the tunnel moves uniformly with the ground, in contrast to how surface structures react to earthquakes. Additionally, a large amount of earthquake damage is caused by falling debris, which does not happen inside of tunnels,” stated The Boring Company.